I know the start of the black-tailed deer season is just a few weeks away and we're normally hit pretty hard here with closed access to private timber lands when fire danger remains really high like it was this year. I was wondering whether you can tell me the status of the closures on some of the bigger commercial forest tracts in the valley?
— Stan, via email
Despite some decent little rainstorms the past few weeks, Stan, most of the larger commercial timber holdings in Jackson and Josephine counties continue to have public-access closures in effect.
The closures not only are for motorized traffic, but nonmotorized as well.
Some of those larger landholders here are Lone Rock Timber Co., Hancock Forest Management, Indian Creek and Plum Creek. Lone Rock allows access by permit only. That is not an option on the others.
The lands are scattered and often intermingled with Bureau of Land Management lands thanks to the checkerboard-like ownership patterns among private and federal holdings on lower elevations in Jackson and Josephine counties.
With the general rifle season still more than two weeks away, those closures could change.
The best way to follow that is through the Oregon Department of Forestry website. It includes a color-coded page on up-to-date closures.
In fact, Stan, that's where we at Since You Asked mined all this info today.
Check out that page yourself at www.oregon.gov/odf/FIRE/Closures/CorporateClosures.pdf.